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Senator Warren at MTA Summer Conference: "I'm proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with you all."

Elizabeth Warren and Paul Toner 

The MTA Board of Directors had a surprise visitor on August 4 during a meeting in Williamstown: U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Warren, who was in western Massachusetts to attend events and meet with constituents, attended the Board meeting to thank MTA members for their support during her 2012 campaign, in the months since and in the challenging days ahead.

She urged members to stay active on key issues, including federal education legislation affecting public schools and college affordability for all students.

“I love being in a room full of teachers. It feels like I am home,” Warren told the enthusiastic, cheering audience. “Thank you for what you did in the past – but more importantly thank you for what you will do in the next year, two years, three years . . .

“If we get out and fight, we win this fight. The people are with us. I’m proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with you all,” said Warren, pictured above with MTA President Paul Toner.

The Williamstown meeting was held at the beginning of the MTA’s five-day Summer Conference.

The annual event is held on the campus of Williams College. It features a wide range of professional development workshops, leadership training sessions and events at which educators from Massachusetts public schools and colleges can network, share information and socialize.

Use the #mtasummer to follow the summer conference on Facebook and Twitter.